We have sourced 30 wonderful gifts for super mums, head girls, teens, godchildren, trainers, farriers…from the decadent to the delicious, the fun to the fabulous.
Happy Shopping !
Fresh from the success of their brightly coloured bobble hats, the clever folk at Zaini have adapted the design to fit skull caps and ski helmets. A guaranteed winner for adults and kids alike.
£25.00 Frankie Skull Cap/Ski Helmet cover from Zaini (plenty more colours to choose from online)
FOR EXERCISE (while looking fabulous):
Hugely popular with the urban fash-pack and the rural club scene, the award winning Foffa Bikes are the current bike du jour and would add an injection of style to the eventing scene.
We look forward to their presence in the lorry park next year.
£374.99 Single Speed, Foffa Bikes
We know, we know – yes, it was us who got the scoop about Ross Barr’s quintessentially British double breasted cardigan, The Spencer, gracing the iconic clothes horse that is David Gandy at Wool Week last month.
We remain huge fans of both the founder, Ross Barr, and the Spencer, and this is a must for any one trying to get the edge on their trot up outfit and would look equally lovely on all those Horse Phobic Husbands
£189 Ross Barr
Sunspel’s Riviera polo shirt was originally tailored for Daniel Craig in Casino Royale and has since become synonymous with James Bond style. It is crafted from a breathable cotton mesh fabric and has only the most essential of details for a clean, contemporary aesthetic. A versatile wardrobe staple.
New for 2015 is the Riviera Polo Shirt in Spectral Grey.
£80 from Sunspel
Described as the ‘perfect city shopper’, this gorgeous monogrammed canvas shopper, which is available in several colour ways, is the ultimate kit bag.
Following on from the success of the Rae’s hugely popular beach basket in the summer, which received international acclaim, we suggest you order early and bag yourself the most stylish accessory of the season.
£190 from Rae Feather
Whether you are headed to the Alps or a muddy music festival, hiking in the country or trekking around town, the Aspen Tall Fur Boot from Siberian Chic is a highly practical and low maintenance investment.
£342 from Siberian Chic
FOR YUMMY MUMMIES:
The Sloaney image of the original green Hunter welly is long gone thanks to the eponymous British heritage brand creating a new generation of technical products to protect against the elements and bleakest of landscapes.
The Hunter Field Women’s Norris Field Wellington Boot in Red Chestnut is simply delicious.
£90 from Hunter
Great for teenager nephews and nieces, the Jodpur belt from Chukka Belts comes in a myriad of colours and designs. We obvs love the orange!
£14.95 Chukka Belts Adult sizes also available
Emily Readett-Bayley’s collection of Posh Graffiti letters are a really fun gift for children. Great as an individual initial or spell a name depending on your generosity.
Floral, camouflage & gold letters plus lots of brilliant ideas are all online
Individual letters from £14 Posh Graffiti
FOR ASPIRING YOUNG JOCKEYS:
Lucy Johnson’s debut novel, Pony Racer, seen here with Sam Twiston-Davies, tells the story of Tom who thinks no one likes him until he meets Leo.
Somehow this young pony knows exactly how to get through to unhappy and lonely Tom. Learning to ride, Tom discovers happiness on the back of Leo, but will the pair be able to success at Pony Racing?
£9.99 from Forelock Books
Help socks stop being seen as the cop-out gift with these gorgeous self-indulgent bed socks, which for an extra £5 can be personalised with a message on each sock.
Perfect for loyal grooms braving the elements day in, day out.
£20 +£5 for personalisation from Almost Unwearoutable
FOR THE HOSTESS:
Stuck for a weekend house party gift, or unusual pressie for the hostess, we love (and have bulk ordered) Lakeland’s Northern Lights – specially coated fir cones that create a stunning fireside spectacle reminiscent of the Northern Lights.
Order before they sell out.
£9.95 from Lakeland
FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS:
We first spied the SLPY at Alex James and Jamie Oliver’s Feastival festival in the summer and knew these would be perfect for equestrians living the lorry life when out at competitions. Super toasty and warm, the Slpy can be rolled up to move around (great when using communal showers) and unravelled to be used as a sleeping bag.
What’s even better is the wonderful SLPY peeps have given us a special discount code. Order before 6th December using the discount code GPORANGE which when entered at checkout on their website will get you an extra £20 off an orange Sleepy (any size, subject to availability)
Adult size £119 & Kids size £99 from SLPY
We’ve all got one – the lovely yard baker who brings fresh cakes and treats in on the gloomiest days to lift the mood and provide much needed sustenance when there’s no time to eat.
We love this ‘Baked with Love By’ personalised stamp from Pretty Rubber Stamps, £15.50 on Not On The High Street
FOR LITTLE PEOPLE:
We have ordered several of these for the lovely little people in our lives. Fear not, there are non pony versions available of Milly Green’s hugely popular Doodle Mat including Farmyard, Mini Beasts, Pirates and Rockets. Perfect for long journeys as well as being fun, stimulating and educational.
£10.50 from Milly Green
FOR DRESSING UP:
If you’ve got a fancy dress party looming, or just want to get your waggle on, these tails are the giggle-inducing accessory that are being seen on all the cool cats at the mo. Not just for kids, you need to check out their website for inspiration.
£20 Fantastic Fox from Tell Tails
FOR YOUR FARRIER:
Ensure your farrier continues to answer your panicked calls on discovering a lost shoe the night before a big competition or days’ hunting with this special whisky: Kilchoman Machir Bay, Islay, Scotland: RRP £50.00 Available at Selfridges and Marks and Spencer
THE EMERGENCY GIFT:
Support the plight of bees with this festively fragranced Winter Berries votive candle. Perfect for teachers, aunties and a useful but gorgeous emergency gift. Burns for approx. 25 hours and is made from 100% natural plant wax
£8 from Beefayre (larger sizes available)
Known affectionately as ‘Chubbies’, these acrylic boxes house 300 sheets of recycled paper which can be personalised with your own message.
Available in 4 colours, they make a great personalised family present.
£40 from The Great Present
Teens up and down the country love the cheeky designs on Banana Boxers.
We love the Queen Bee design but there are plenty more online.
Queen Bee boxers £11 (ages 3-13) from Banana Boxers
Adult sizes (13+) £16.50
Pony Mad Daughters who have moved on from the pink stage will love Apatchy’s practical but smart saddle pads that can be personalised with initials.
Check out their website for loads of other fun gift ideas.
£48 includes 2 initials from Apatchy
FOR GADGET LOVERS:
We love the retro feel of the Crosley Cruiser – Wrapped up in a brief-case styled record player, the three-speed Hi-Fi separate can easily be transported from place to place. And with thanks to the built-in stereo speakers you can listen to your music without having to connect it to a speaker system.
£69.99 from John Lewis
FOR THE HUNGRY STUDENT:
Send your culinary-challenged darlings back to Uni with the ‘I Could Eat A Horse’ spaghetti measure from Lakeland £7.96
FOR THOSE WHO DREAM BIG:
The perfect Secret Santa gift, this ‘pocket bible’ has helped many entrepreneurs, dreamers and those who want to succeed make the impossible possible.
£6 from The Great Gift Company
FOR YOUR VET:
Show your appreciation for your vet’s hard work and support with this delicious bottle of sloe gin from Daylesford.
The fruits are infused for 6 months prior to bottling, with hand distilled gin made with aromatic juniper, cardamom and coriander.
£20 from Daylesford
THE THOUGHTFUL GIFT:
We can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love to unwrap this gorgeous Luxury Sleep Mask filled with sleep inducing lavender. Perfect for those on the move whether jet setting or on the road.
£16 from The Great Present
FOR KIT LOVERS:
Noble Outfitters Signature Tall Boot Bag is classical, durable and stylish in equal measures.
Fully padded with a boot separating panel, it also has 2 oversized inside pockets that can accommodate half chaps.
£59.95 from Noble Outfitters
FOR INSTAGRAM ADDICTS:
Firebox, the ultimate gadget and gift source, has come up with the Snappy Selfie Remote.
Nail the perfect selfie thanks to Bluetooth (no app required) and with a 10m range, you will be uploading your selfies with no need to retake in lightening speed.
£14.99 from Firebox
FOR YOUR HORSE:
Where to start…the Hawkins Organics range for humans, horses and hounds is jam packed with all our fave products. If we had to pick one to give our horse for Christmas, it would have to be this Winter Warmer, which is the perfect post-exercise wash and helps soothe tired muscles.
Do check out the full range: we love the Winter Hoof Gel, the Lemon Drizzle Spritzer for our pongy labradors and the delicious Muck Off handwash for humans. You will not want to give these away!
Winter Warmer, 500ml, £9.95 from Hawkins Organic
FOR YOUR TRAINER:
If your trainer dutifully turns up to your events, keeps morale high, gets you through the wobbles and knows your elusive win is coming, them the Wine Down Hoof Pick that doubles up as a corkscrew is the perfect gift to have ready for the imminent celebrations.
£14.95 from Noble Outfitters
Head girls, truck driving mums, glamorous grannies, supportive sisters and even non horsey best friends will all love the Annabel Brocks headwarmer designed by Charlotte Dujardin.
£55 from Annabel Brocks (comes gift boxed and made from faux suede and faux fur)
FOR YOUR OWNER:
We were in heaven when we discovered this unique gift company that specialises in making silhouette artwork with a map of your choice and can feature a location where someone rides or an area that is special to them.
Why not choose the map of a favourite competition where ribbons were won and select one of the beautiful equestrian silhouettes for whichever discipline you compete in – your owner will have a unique reminder of your special day, or choose your hunt country with silhouettes of the hounds.
Not just for equestrians either; rivers for fishing, countryside for shoots, safari, mountains for skiers, golf courses, race courses…the possibilities are endless.
From £55, unframed, Atlas & I
Family days out make great gifts and great memories. Membership to both the Event Horse Owners Association (£55) and the Horse Trials Support Group (from £255) will keep your weekends busy throughout the 2016 eventing season whilst supporting the sport. Check out their websites for membership details and benefits.
And if you are looking for a really fun experience, the exciting new Liverpool International Horse Show, which takes place from 1st to 3rd January 2016 at the Echo Arena, promises to be an action packed show with 4* showjumping, the wonderful Shetland Grand National and many more displays. Adults tickets from £21.25 (get tickets here)
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